Our youngest students are wrapping up 2008 with a series of concerts and service projects. This Wednesday, the kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students performed for SMUS grandparents as a warm-up for their primary concert on Thursday evening. The students sang in French, Japanese, and English, and did a sign-language rendition of Silent Night.
In the spirit of the season, Grade 5 students have been collecting food for the Mustard Seed food bank and the foyer is filled with nicely wrapped boxes of food to be delivered by Service Director Kevin Cook. The Grade 5 students are also working with the Senior School students who will be going to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic over the winter break. The oldest Junior School students are each making a stocking, filled with small toys and a personal letter, to send to a child there.
Over the last three weeks, the Grade 1 class has been raising money for World Vision. The students, inspired to make a difference after learning about the poor living conditions of many children around the world, each set a fundraising goal by choosing an item from the World Vision gift catalogue. By making their beds, washing dishes, setting tables, vacuuming, collecting bottles and looking after their pets, the students raised enough money to buy their chosen item. By collecting over $732.00, the students were able to purchase 18 soccer balls, 13 live animals, 12 warm blankets, 2 mosquito nets, a water filter and textbooks for one class
“They are incredibly proud of their accomplishments,” says teacher Mrs. Allison Galloway. “They have truly learned that no matter how small you are, you can make a big difference to the lives of children and families around the world!”
Next Tuesday, the Junior School will hold a red and green service day and the children will all bring a dollar to donate to the orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Also on Tuesday is the Junior School Carol Service, and the Grade 4 and 5 students will sing and act out the Christmas story in a pageant at the Richmond campus chapel.